After Dolly: The Promise and Perils of Cloning

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A brave, moral argument for cloning and its power to fight disease.
A timely investigation into the ethics, history, and potential of human cloning from Professor Ian Wilmut, who shocked scientists, ethicists, and the public in 1997 when his team unveiled Dolly—that very special sheep who was cloned from a mammary cell. With award-winning science journalist Roger Highfield, Wilmut explains how Dolly launched a medical revolution in which cloning is now used to make stem cells ...

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Overview

A brave, moral argument for cloning and its power to fight disease.
A timely investigation into the ethics, history, and potential of human cloning from Professor Ian Wilmut, who shocked scientists, ethicists, and the public in 1997 when his team unveiled Dolly—that very special sheep who was cloned from a mammary cell. With award-winning science journalist Roger Highfield, Wilmut explains how Dolly launched a medical revolution in which cloning is now used to make stem cells that promise effective treatments for many major illnesses. Dolly's birth also unleashed an avalanche of speculation about the eventuality of cloning babies, which Wilmut strongly opposes. However, he does believe that scientists should one day be allowed to combine the cloning of human embryos with genetic modification to free families from serious hereditary disease. In effect, he is proposing the creation of genetically altered humans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393330267
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/20/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 633,035
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Highfield is the science editor of The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Britain and is the author of several books.

Ian Wilmut, formerly of the Roslin Institute in Scotland, is a professor at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     11
Cloning the Cloner     36
A Brief History of Cloning     58
Dollymania     102
Farmyard Clones     137
Cloning for My Father     162
Is a Blastocyst a Person?     198
Why We Should Not Clone Babies     223
Designer Babies     249
Beyond Human Cloning     272
Source Notes     277
Glossary     303
Acknowledgments     323
Index     325
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